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Breaking down Bluegrass

Playing in a new class called the Carolina Bluegrass Band, Liz Short experienced a surreal moment when the band shared a stage with the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. “We had not even played in front of people, and we’re in Memorial Hall with an audience three times bigger than any I’ve performed for,” said…

A talent pipeline

When Jillian Lee Dempsey was interviewing for faculty positions across the country several years ago, she was thrilled to find that Carolina’s senior faculty members were uniquely supportive of her. “They were invested in my success,” said Dempsey, now a UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences who examines…

Sequencing the sea

An offensive stench fills the salty air above the lower part of the Neuse River Estuary near downtown New Bern, North Carolina. It’s the type of smell that hits you slowly – and then all at once, stinging the inside of your nose. While the smell invades your olfactory senses, the cackles of birds rings…

Carolina student, alumna named Schwarzman Scholars

Jialing (LingLing) Jiang, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Chang Zhao, a 2015 graduate of the University, have been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. This innovative master’s degree…

Advancing education for children displaced by war

There’s another side to the conflict in the Middle East – one you don’t often hear about on the news. More than four million Syrian refugees have been uprooted by war. Many families forced to flee their homes have sought shelter in transitional camps in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. They’ve lost their homes.…

Well Said: Carolina’s HIV research

In the past several decades, HIV has gone from being a death sentence to a virus manageable with medication. With the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill becoming a hub for HIV research, Carolina’s labs have helped push that progress along. In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Carolina’s HIV research with Mike Cohen,…

Taking a classroom beyond the stone walls

Canoeing down the banks of the Coharie River recently as part of a Capstone Course, UNC-Chapel Hill senior Daniel Barnes-Batista said, was the kind of educational experience he could never get at a desk.   Capstone courses at Carolina, which can be major-specific and also used to satisfy requirements for Bachelor’s degrees, combine skills learned in class with…

A day to give

For the second straight year, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate  #GivingTuesday — the global giving movement that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday — with #TarHeelTuesday, a campaign that encourages people to support Carolina. Beginning midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. EST, Tar Heels can…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday…. Video by Carly Swain, Office of Communications and Public Affairs.  Published Nov. 23, 2016.